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Making good entertainment choices

I’m convinced that many Christians are living defeated lives because they make poor entertainment choices.

To me, this one is a no-brainer — If you want to serve God and live a holy life you don’t watch ungodly programs and movies.

Here are four things that a steady diet of Hollywood can do:

Distort sex. It can discolor one’s view of society and morality. Christian young people become susceptible to sexual temptation. Wallowing in filth is not a beneficial pastime for Christians. How can one feast on filth on Saturday, then dine at the Lord’s table on Sunday without a twinge of conscience?

Desensitize the conscience. Imbibe enough Hollywood immorality and even one’s conscience can become numb (see 1 Timothy 4:2). This leads to lower standards and a desire to be as close to the world as possible and still be a Christian, rather than being as far from it as possible.

Poison the spirit. Christians are called upon to feed on good things (Philippians 4:8). If we feed on trash, how can we fulfill Philippians 2:5? — “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (KJV).

Support iniquity. Christians shouldn’t support an empire so clearly in Satan’s control. It’s time to quit putting God’s money in the devil’s cash register and Satan’s thoughts in the minds of those who follow Jesus.

A good practice is to imagine Jesus sitting next to you. Would He approve? Would you wince when His holy name was profaned in His presence? I have news for you: He is there with you.

Ken Horn

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